The School Board’s fuzzy math

The newly elected Lake County School Board has spoken and Superintendent Susan Moxley will receive a two-year renewal of her contract. Evidently the board wasn’t completely satisfied with her current performance rating of 3.5 (average) issued just a month ago, so the board cut her current salary by $9,000, or 5.4 percent, to $156,750.

Now this is where the board’s logic gets real fuzzy. Built into her new contract is an incentive bonus that will award Moxley a bonus of $15,000 if she attains at least a three on her next performance review. That’s right, a three. Earlier the board was seriously considering giving Moxley a bonus of $12,500 if she received a two (or a D) on her next review.

During my many years of management experience in the business and manufacturing world, I never witnessed a bonus being given to someone achieving a lower performance rating. What is this board thinking?

So all you parents out there with children in Lake schools, please don’t expect much in the way of any improvements to the current school system. The new board is obviously very satisfied with the state’s “C” rating of Lake schools, and the board is even willing to pay the superintendent a bonus of $15,000 just to perform at the “C” level.

During my many years of management experience in the business and manufacturing world, I never witnessed a bonus being given to someone achieving a lower performance rating. What is this board thinking?

ROGER D. MIRACLE | Fruitland Park

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